This gorgeous TV personality puts 14 bachelors through the test. Who will win her heart this season?
Toccara, the vivacious and voluptuous fashion model and TV personality, takes on the challenge of a lifetime when she puts her heart and soul into the search for her perfect mate as the bachelorette in the return of TV One’s popular reality series, The Ultimate Merger, premiering Thursday, August 4th. With a personality that’s an enticing mix of sparkling and warm, down to earth yet determined, the very busy Toccara has yet to meet her match…until now.
This super model, Celebrity Fit Club and America’s Top Model contender, and ESSENCE Magazine Contributing Style Editor in season two of TV One’s dating competition series, will put a cadre of 14 sexy, self-assured bachelors through a gauntlet of tests in her search for Mr. Right. These challenges, which range from a dance contest and a roller derby competition to a fashion show and a face off at an ice bar to see who can withstand extreme cold the longest, are designed to measure the bachelors’ seductive strengths, play upon their weaknesses, and draw out their true intentions.
Helping her navigate the often emotionally fraught and treacherous waters of romantic competition will be her former Celebrity Fit Club fitness instructor Harvey Walden, who provides moral support, guidance and advice in each episode. Toccara will also be assisted in the challenges in certain episodes by friends and celebrities, including Elise Neal and Brian McKnight, and the bachelors will get the chance to meet her family, to whom the Dayton, Ohio native
is very close.
BY CYNTHIA HORNER
HHW: This is different than other shows. That you have done. Can you describe the difference?
Toccara: It’s not that different than some of the other things I have done because the good part about TV One is that they let me be myself. And bring what I have to offer to the table and they didn’t try to put me in a box. It was fabulous; I have 14 bachelors to choose from and they are from different backgrounds and ethnicities. They are different ages and sizes. I love men and I just have a ball with them. I put them through different tests and I got a chance to get to know these guys and build a connection.
Wow, what was it like having 14 men to choose from?
It was really exciting; it’s hard to date when you’re always moving and on the road, so to be able to set aside time, and get personal was amazing. And to have options…I didn’t have to worry about whether or not someone would call me back or if I would see them again. I had 14 guys and it was great. And as women, we need to learn how to date more too and too, and have options, I had guys to compare and I learned what I liked and what I didn’t like. One of the reasons why I did the show was because as women we have a checklist about what we want and what we don’t want, but if we really knew what we wanted, we would have it. TV One did the hard work, which was to find the guys, interview them, do background check and bring them to me.
Did you feel like you were the belle of the ball with all of these men to choose from?
Yes, I did! It’s nice, I am a woman and this is the way men are supposed to make you feel. It should be our choice and our option. It feels good. Women have been fighting over one man in the same circles, and to not have to deal with that and be the focus, yes, that made me feel good!
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